These delicious cupcakes are a nice alternative to traditional pumpkin spice muffins and have a much sweeter, lighter pumpkin flavor. They are made with a yellow cake mix and have a nice fluffy texture. Topped with cream cheese frosting and served cold, they are a wonderful fall treat!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 cupcakes
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cupcakes:
Cream Cheese Frosting:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease or line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

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  • Beat cake mix, eggs, water, and canola oil together in a bowl using a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add pumpkin and beat until batter is smooth; pour into prepared muffin cups.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Place cupcakes on a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Beat cream cheese and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth; add vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Beat confectioners' sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, into cream cheese mixture until frosting is smooth and creamy. Refrigerate frosting until chilled, at least 30 minutes.

  • Spread frosting onto cupcakes and refrigerate frosted cupcakes until chilled, at least 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 2.7g 5% DV; carbohydrates 25.2g 8% DV; fat 11.5g 18% DV; cholesterol 39mg 13% DV; sodium 237.5mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (5)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2019
These cupcakes are delicious! I made them for a holiday school event and they were a big hit with my class! I think the frosting could maybe use a little less sugar though it was a bit too sweet. But other than that they were easy to make and super delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/03/2017
I followed the recipe exactly and was very disappointed. The cupcakes didn't have the correct consistency despite the fact that the "toothpick test" came out clean. As I began to ice each one the cupcake just fell apart. Not only that but the butter cream icing had no flavor. I was supposed to take them to a dinner party tonight but now I'll have to think of something else.:( Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2019
These cupcakes are delicious! I made them for a holiday school event and they were a big hit with my class! I think the frosting could maybe use a little less sugar though it was a bit too sweet. But other than that they were easy to make and super delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2015
These were delightful. I made them for my nieces wedding shower and everyone loved them. I did use a spice cake mix but other than that kept the recipe the same. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2015
I made this with a spice cake mix (all i had) with an additional dash of cinnamon nutmeg and allspice a tad bit of vanilla and a few addsd tablespoons of sugar. It came out excellent. I frosted with a mixture of canned pumpkin powdered sugar butter cream cheese vanilla and spices. these came out so good. This was a great base recipe to play with for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2020
I added 2 tsp pumpkin spice to batter and another tsp of vanilla to frosting. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/03/2017
I followed the recipe exactly and was very disappointed. The cupcakes didn't have the correct consistency despite the fact that the "toothpick test" came out clean. As I began to ice each one the cupcake just fell apart. Not only that but the butter cream icing had no flavor. I was supposed to take them to a dinner party tonight but now I'll have to think of something else.:( Read More